Margaret T. Lane/ Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award

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About the Margaret T. Lane/ Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award The Margaret T. Lane / Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award will be given annually to an author(s) an outstanding research article in which government information, either published or archival in nature, form a substantial part of the documented research. This award is to honor the memory of two women who worked with endless enthusiasm to make the ideal of citizen access to government information a reality.

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2011 Recipient(s)

WHO Knows Best? National and International Responses to Pandemic Threats and the “Lessons” of 1976

written by George Dehner, Assistant Professor of History at Wichita State University; printed in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, October 2010, vol. 65, no. 4, pgs 478-513.

The article focuses on the discovery of a novel influenza strain at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in 1976—dubbed Swine Flu—which prompted differing responses from national and international health organizations. The article examines the responses of these organizations and cites government information from the World Health Organization and United Nations, as well as documents, reports, and files in the National Archives from a wide variety of federal agencies, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, and congressional testimony.